How to spend your Saturday evenings somewhere different in Valencia and away from the tourist spots? Just a five-minute walk from the ‘Amistat-Casa de Salut’ metro station is located a concert venue that is known as ‘La Sala’ in the somewhat studenty and indie and very much local ‘Zona Cedro’ area of town. The venue benefits from really artistic decor, a comfortable seating area, and a nice selection of drinks.
The barrio of tonight’s event is filled with many restaurants, more affordable than in the other parts of the city, yet as delicious. Near the site you can find a restaurant called Candelita which specialises in elevated montaditos, or as they call them candelitos. A worthy experience is to get their degustatión platter with “sandwiches” named after cities. In the area, you will also find restaurants with food from Latin America, Asia, and even Eastern Europe.
Following your culinary travels, you can make the short walk to ‘La Sala’. This Saturday night, I got to experience the amazing Ela Vin performing live in front of a full house promoting her EP ‘Caja de Mariposas’.
The layout of the venue was intimate and filled with groups of university friends, couples, and extended families. The easy and fluent interaction between the Valencian artist and the audience made you feel like a part of a big family reunion…
We also saw Ela Vin being joined by her family members on stage to perform alongside her, as well as a special guest, Luisa Roz, a flautist. Throughout the night the local artist displayed her talents by playing not one, but four different instruments through her performance, including an accordion and xylophone.
The concert was a very unique experience and created a sense of belonging to the local community supporting a local artist. The ambiance within the room was irreplaceable with people dancing, singing, and clapping along. And the event ended with the “otra, otra” chants with hopes of Ela Vin coming onto the stage again.
A good way to truly embrace the local life and get a feel of Valencia is to attend such concerts and/or events where you can see and support the local artists. If that is the type of experience you are looking for, make sure you check out the events hosted at La Sala.
Report by Nicole Maka-Sprawa
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‘Ela Vin at La Sala’ photo copyright Julia McGee-Russell / ’24/7 Valencia’
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